Adult Programs

Fall Classes | ADULT

09/19/2023 - 12/14/2023
36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

ART

NEW! Master’s Fine Art Program with Elizabeth Schettini Sowell: Fall Session 1 | Ages 18+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

This Fall, students of all ages can immerse themselves in a special program taught by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell. The program is designed to take students through the fundamentals of drawing, sculpture, printmaking and painting in such a way that they will graduate the program with the solid foundation needed to be successful at making art, both personally and professionally. The life-changing class will guide students in a progression of skills, building a solid foundation for all art with strong technical skills. Students will draw from life, still life and from their imagination while they progress to Intermediate Drawing then Sculpture, Printmaking and Painting as they develop and hone art skills and learn the language of art.

Master Arts Skills for Teens and Adults | Ages 15+

SESSION 1September 11 – 25 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 2 – October 2 – 23 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 3 – October 30 – November 30 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 4 – November 27 – December 18 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

A great class for students who are serious about their art and want to develop their skills and advance. Led by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell, students begin at whatever level they are at and with guidance and individualized attention lear and perfect the foundational building block as of art to create work they are proud of. Students will use different media, learn about critique, and hone their skills as they build a strong portfolio.

Salon-Style Drawing and Painting | Ages 15+

SESSION 1 – September 13 – 27 | Wednesdays 10:00am – 2:00pm | 3 CLASSES: $120

SESSION 2 – October 4 – 25 | Wednesdays 10:00am – 2:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $160

SESSION 3 – November 1 – 22 | Wednesdays 10:00am – 2:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $160

SESSION 4 – November 29 – December 20 | Wednesdays 10:00am – 2:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $160

Artists of all levels are invited to immerse themselves in this very special class where artists can really make significant progress as an artist while they create art in a warm, friendly and instructional environment. Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell will guide students through the process of drawing, under-painting and then painting their masterpieces as they work on their own subject matter or use one of the set ups in class. Artists will have the opportunity for group and individual critique and personalized attention. Class size is limited. Artists must bring their own supplies.

Adventures in Art for ADULTS with Ronda Christie | Ages 18+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 3 – December 12 (NO CLASS on November 7) | Tuesdays 5:30–7:00 pm (10 classes)

Join artist Ronda Christie for this art sampler class, designed for students of all abilities looking to expand their artistic horizons! This class will cover a variety of media, including linoleum block printing, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel. As we work with the various materials, we will also learn about the elements and principles of design, and how to use them to create dynamic pieces of art. Every two weeks we will cover a new medium!

10 CLASSES: Members: $225, Non-members: $250

Polymer Clay Jewelry Creations for ADULTS with Ronda Christie | Ages 18+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 16 – December 18 (No class November 6) | Mondays 5:30–7:00 pm (9 classes)

Do you dream of wearing your own jewelry designs? This is the class with artist Ronda Christie is for you! Students will learn to create jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and even hair accessories made of polymer clay. Learning a variety of techniques, including caning, slab-design, bead-making, and mimicking gemstones, students will discover a variety of ways to bring their jewelry ideas to life!

9 CLASSES: Members: $205, Non-members: $225

COMMUNITY/SOCIAL

NEW! Dungeons and Dragons for ADULTS with Sam Baker | Ages 18+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 10 – December 12 (NO CLASS on October 31 OR November 7) | Tuesdays 6:00–8:00 pm (8 classes)

In this thrilling eight-week program, renowned Dungeon Master and tabletop game expert, Sam Baker, will teach students everything they need to know to get started in the amazing world of RPGs (role playing games).

CLASS OVERVIEW:

Week 1: Intro to Roleplaying Games/ Intro to Character Creation
Overview of the players handbook for D&D 5th edition, gameplay mechanics, character sheets, and then introduction to character creation.

Week 2: Character Creation/Intro To Game Mastering
In-depth look at what the GM is responsible for, what they can delegate to players, and the structure of an adventure.

Week 3: Play Experience
With Sam as DM groups will run a short adventure touching on every aspect of roleplaying games (ex. Combat and stats, choice, character roleplay, separation between player vs character, non-violent resolutions, player consideration and safety tools for D&D

Week 4 – 8 : 2 hour Adventures!
Now that everyone knows the ropes, the adventures continue with each student getting
a chance to DM. Students will be provided modules (packets with premade game content). The DMs of the week will set aside their character for that week and the students are let loose to play in groups with Sam guiding and answer rule disputes as needed.

8 CLASSES: Members: $200, Non-members: $220

YOGA/WRITING

Relax into Writing with Mimi Cross

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

September 28 – December 14 (No class November 9 OR 24) | Thursdays: 10:00 am – 11:15 am (10 classes) 

Would you like to reduce stress?  Do you want to grow your creativity?  If so, this 75 minute class taught by published author and certified yoga instructor, Mimi Cross, is for you! We begin Relax into Writing with a centering warm up consisting of gentle stretches and attention to breath, followed by a guided 15 to 20-minute deep relaxation meditation. In this state of relaxation and body awareness, we learn how to sense blocks within the body through a technique called scanning. After the body scan, we transition from relaxing to writing, with the intention of transforming blocks into stories.If you write, or want to write, learning how tension, tightness, and holding in your body can translate into this special type of treasure will support you.  

When time allows, participants will be invited to share their writing, however, sharing is not required!

Materials needed: 1 full size 8×10 or 8×11 notebook. A favorite pen or pencil. 

Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a blanket or cushion.

No previous experience with meditation or creative writing necessary!

10 CLASSES: Members: $200, Non-members: $220

Yoga with Mimi Cross

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 7 – November 18 (NO CLASS NOVEMBER 11) I Saturdays: 8:00 am – 9:00 am (6 classes)

This gentle but stimulating Yoga class will allow individuals of all levels and fitness experiences to engage in the practice of Yoga. Yoga is an ancient form of full body exercise that focuses on core strength, balance, control, and breath. Exercises can be modified for injuries and all bodies. No previous experience required. Please bring a mat.

Mimi, a 200+ hour certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, is an author, songwriter, and Arts educator as well as the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the traditional mind-body-spirit discipline of yoga: story. She’s been teaching people of all ages yoga and music since 2001, both privately and in various studios in the Two River region of Monmouth County. To learn more, please visit www.mimicross.com.

6 CLASSES: Members: $90, Non-members: $105

NEW! Yoga + 25 MINUTE MEDITATION PERIOD

October 7 – November 18 (NO CLASS NOVEMBER 11) I Saturdays: 8:00 am – 9:25 am (6 classes)

Mimi’s excellent weekly class PLUS an additional guided deep meditation and relaxation period.

6 CLASSES: Members: $135, Non-members: $160


MUSIC

NEW! Keys to B Sharp | Group Piano for Senior Citizens

October 16 – December 11 (No class November 7) | Mon: 6:00 – 6:45 pm (8 weeks)

It is never too late to learn how to play the piano! These fun and energetic recreational group piano lessons for Senior Citizens meets for 45 minutes weekly.

Lori is a long time musician and theatre director, who has displayed a passion and love for teaching young children over the past 25 years. From as young as 4 years old, Lori started teaching herself piano and developed an intuitive sense of learning, playing, and developing her style. Lori began her career teaching private lessons but soon realized she could reach more students and provide even greater social benefits by also teaching group classes. Lori has a rich history of directing theatre in local productions, as well as providing student recitals and orchestrating other amusing and student focused events.

8 WEEKS: Members: $145, Non-members: $160

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